Sidmouth Town youth teams were inaction on a busy final Saturday of April and we are indebted to Bryn Clapp for this round-up from across the youth section at the Manstone Lane club.
The Town Under-16s marked a very special day with a 2-0 success at home to Central Youth.
The reason for the occasion being ‘extra special’ was that the fixture was the teams – and their coach Mark Badcock – final game before they leave the youth ranks to play senior football from the start of the 2021/22 campaign later this year.
Adding to the occasion was the fact that, to mark thief final game as a youth team, the fixture was played out on the Sidmouth Town Football Club main pitch at Manstone Lane – and what a superb surface it is!
From the first whistle it was the Vikings that dominated possession and created all the chances, but somehow couldn’t manage to turn the chances into goals.
Indeed, it was something of a ‘scrappy’ goal that broke the deadlock! It arrived when Ewan Badcock reacted quickest to a high ball into the box to tuck it past the Central keeper and the half ended with that Badcock goal separating the teams.
The Town side began the second half as they finished the first and the chances kept coming. It was no surprise when a second goal arrived and it was fashioned from a left wing run by Man of the Match Henry Tuohy who produced a fantastic ball into the area that was met with a ‘bullet’ of a header by Freddie Eul Barker which the keeper had absolutely no chance of stopping.
That ought not to have been the end of the scoring but further chances were spurned and the game ended with Town 2-0 victors.
Coach Mark Badcock said that the game being played at Manstone Lane made it an ‘amazing’ experience for the lads; and one that was enjoyed by the parents and the coaches. He added that is was a truly fantastic way for his team to end their Junior Vikings journey.
The Town Under-16s are now looking forward to the annual match that sees the team play one final game together before heading up into the senior game; it’s the fixture that pits the Under-16s against the Sidmouth Town Junior Vikings coaches and it takes place this coming Saturday with a 1pm kick-off.
Sidmouth Town Junior Vikings would like to say a huge thank to Mark Badcock and his coaching team for their nine years of commitment to Junior football at our club, I am sure their are plenty of parents and players that share our sentiments.
Again, a very special thank you, to the committee at Sidmouth Town AFC, for giving these boys a day to remember.
The Town Under-15s were 2-1 winners at Dawlish where the fixture was contested before a near capacity turn out of 10 spectators!
What was quickly clear was the fact that the two teams were well matched. For Town, Will Pulman was in fine form with his runs up and down the right flank and, just a few minutes in, he was denied a goal by the post after a fine run and strike had the home glovesman beaten.
That was as close as Town came to a first half goal and they went into the break a goal down as the home side struck with a counter-attack strike just before the half ended.
After a good talking to at half-time, Town began the second half with increased intensity to their game and, when a corner fell to Callum Liddle, the Town Man of the Match rifled the ball into the top corner to restore parity to the contest.
Shortly after drawing level, Town were awarded a penalty and Thomas Nichols calmly slotted it into the corner of the net, sending the keeper the wrong way.
Dawlish put all their efforts into finding an equaliser and would surely have got a second goal had it not been for some exceptional work from Town goalkeeper Anthony Nita – most notably a dipping free-kick which was parried over the bar.
Town closed the contest out with good game management and next up they have a Saturday (May 1) trip to Colyton.
The Town Under-13 Warriors were 5-2 winners on their visit to Newton St Cyres, but they were cautious in their approach at the start and were on the back foot for the first 10 minutes.
It was some ‘quick-thinking’ from a goalmouth clearance by Warriors glovesman Archie Buttle that found Ali Mounoury he provided the ‘assist’ to a clinical finish from Archie Melville Hallett.
A one goal lead was doubled soon after when Archie and Lucas O’Connor combined to set up a chance that Lucas Vicary drilled home.
There was more great team play to come and a terrific cross from Jack Baxter was turned home by Mounoury.
The first half scoring was completed after a superb challenge from Eddie Roles that set Lucas Vicary free and he set up Mounoury to score his second of the game.
After the break it was the home side who scored first and they added a second before Town wrapped up the scoring, albeit courtesy of an own goal from an unfortunate home player.
Town coach, Andy O’Connor said: “ Outstanding praise must go to all 12 players today for putting in a hard shift and the new look defence of Jack Bell, Will Swales and Taylor really showing real consistency.”
The Town Man of the Match award went to goalkeeper Archie Buttle who made four crucial first half saves and was just as effective after the break.
The Town Under-13 Raiders were 5-1 winners when they travelled into Exeter to meet Heavitree United.
The home side included in their line-up former Vikings player Edward Mills, who transferred following his move into Exeter.
The contest was one of a cagey nature for much of the first half and the interval arrived with the game still seeking its first goal.
Playing with the wind in the second half, it was the home side who broke the deadlock when a long ball ‘over the top’ caught the Raiders out.
However, the goal drew an excellent response from the Raiders and they were quickly level when Henry Tanner beat several players before putting the ball into the bottom corner of the net with the outside of his right foot.
Once level, Raiders settled and played some delightful football with their wide players, Asha Trower and Olly Gibbons along with Alex Raichura attacking at will. The nett result of that was lots of good early balls into and across the home penalty area, but despite going close on several occasions, a second goal was, surprisingly, not forthcoming.
The pressure had to tell and indeed it did with Town scoring four more times. Two of the goals were scored by Eli Moss who was playing up front having spent the first half in the Raiders goal!
Moss unfortunately missed a ball virtually on the line for his hat-trick but the defender, who was surprised it got to him, turned it in to his own net! Jude Ritchie, who had been causing problems all morning scored the fifth when he lashed home a loose ball.
Further chances came and went before the final whistle. Raiders coach Dave Moss said: “It was another great performance. Everyone worked hard and played their part, but special mention must got to Jacon Phare, who covered at the back so well that the opposition barely got a look in throughout the second half.
Sidmouth Town Under-12s returned to winning ways as they enjoyed the sunshine in Exeter where they defeated City Raiders 6-1.
The young Vikings produced a very comfortable and professional team performance which resulted in a 6-1 victory. There were goals from Toby (2), Eli (2), Hayden and George A which proved enough to get them take the spoils.
Sidmouth Town Under-11s travelled to Broadclyst to contest a friendly with the home side. There was a cautious start to the contest by both teams who struggled to get into any rhythm owing to a brisk wind.
However, the game did eventually burst into life to produce 10 goals!
There were some terrific performances amongst the Town side with Ev Beavis, Jamie Mitchell, Aiden Bell and Sean Cload, the latter who replaced the injured Sidmouth keeper at half-time ,all deserving special mention. The young Vikings showed great team spirit and character after going behind early on, but they got their heads up and got back into a game, one that did seem to be over at an early stage!